Manager support for work-family issues and its impact on employee-reported pain in the extended care setting.
O'Donnell-EM; Berkman-LF; Subramanian-SV
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Sep; 54(9):1142-1149
OBJECTIVE: Supervisor-level policies and the presence of a manager engaged in an employee's need to achieve work-family balance, or "supervisory support," may benefit employee health, including self-reported pain. METHODS: We conducted a census of employees at four selected extended care facilities in the Boston metropolitan region (n = 368). Supervisory support was assessed through interviews with managers and pain was reported by employees. RESULTS: Our multilevel logistic models indicate that employees with managers who report the lowest levels of support for work-family balance experience twice as much overall pain as employees with managers who report high levels of support. CONCLUSIONS: Low supervisory support for work-family balance is associated with an increased prevalence of employee-reported pain in extended care facilities. We recommend that manager-level policies and practices receive additional attention as a potential risk factor for poor health in this setting.
Health-care; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-practices; Worker-health; Management-personnel; Supervisory-personnel; Health-programs; Work-operations; Administration; Families; Epidemiology; Humans; Pain-tolerance; Health-surveys; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Risk-factors
Emily M. O'Donnell, MS, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave, SPH 3, Floor 7, Boston, MA, 02115
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Portland State University